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[In which I review] New anime, Spring 2012

KoboldLord

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I'm really not feeling this season. I can't even work up any enthusiasm for the new seasons of stuff that I watched the earlier seasons from. Maybe I'll spend the next couple months digging old series out of the streaming archives.
 

Turin Turambar

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I'm really not feeling this season. I can't even work up any enthusiasm for the new seasons of stuff that I watched the earlier seasons from. Maybe I'll spend the next couple months digging old series out of the streaming archives.

I think this season is great!

Lupin Fujiko, Tsuritama and Apollon are (well, as far I can judge with only 1 or 2 episodes) great, Space Brothers and Sankarea are pretty decent, Jormungand can be a good modern action series.
 

Jhiday

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Yeah, this has turned out to be quite a good season, with many above-average shows in plenty of different genres. I'm having trouble keeping my watchlist under control.
(Good fantasy series are rare because fantasy series period are rare in anime. Same for Hard SF.)

We're just about done with this season's new series (although there's a couple of stragglers coming later this month), but there were two series that debuted earlier this month that took me ages to get ahold of. Well, that's often a problem with kids' shows.

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Ginga e Kickoff!!
(?? episodes)

What's it about ?

Sport series for kids about soccer.

Characters

Shou, our elementary school protagonist. The team he used to be in was quite decent, but it's just disbanded due to conflict with the coach (who quit) and half the team wanting to focus on exams anyway. So now he must find new players to restart the team from scratch. The problem : he can only bring his own enthusiasm to the table, as he's mostly crap at the sport. (There's a lengthy scene of him being outclassed by a dog.)

Erika, transfer student from Osaka. (Except Shou doesn't know it yet, which makes him trying to recruit her all the more puzzling.) She seems to have some actual talent, unlike him. And she's on board with training with someone else than her dog... up until she learns the team has been disbanded, of course. She has a massive hero worship for...

Misaki, an adult professional player who just happens to be passing, just in time to give some encouragement for her fan.

Presumably there'll be more than two players on this team (although the OP/ED certainly don't show 11 members), but that's for future episodes.

Oh, and there's some drunk on a bench who's bound to be the new coach.

Production Values

Just about average.

Overall Impression

This ain't half bad : the characters have chemistry, the scenes of them training at soccer are fun, and the premise is so ridiculous you can't help but wonder how they're gonna get out of this predicament.

The problem is that it's going to take forever and a day to gather the team, especially with the second episode going out of its way to do something with a completely different team. And I'm not interested enough to follow this for the long haul, especially in so busy a season.

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One Stormy Night - Secret Friends (Arashi no Yoru ni: Himitsu no Tomodachi)
(52 episodes)

What's it about ?

The unlikely friendship of a goat and a wolf. Adaptation of a bestselling children's book.

Characters

Mei, a somewhat naive young goat. She's not entirely clueless, though. (Also, this is proof that Rie Kugimiya can sound charming when the role requests it.) One stormy night, she stumbles into a dark shelter, where she meets...

Gabu, a young wolf. Since it was dark, they got to talk for enough time for him to get fond of his newfound friend. Even when he learns she's food. He carries most of the episode, with the conflict between his heart and his stomach.

Production Values

This is entirely CG-animated... and it doesn't look half-bad. Nice scenery porn, decent cartooning for the characters' body language...

Overall Impression

One the one hand, it's a perfectly decent start that introduces the premise well and makes the archetypal characters grow on you. This would fit quite well as the 20 first minutes of a decent kids' movie. (And presumably the 2005 movie was along the same lines.) But... 52 episodes of this ? I was already starting to get a bit tired of Gabu's inner conflict by the end of the first episodes, so I dread how repetitive it'll get by the third month of it.

Yeah, I think I'm going to skip this one.
 

Axiomatic

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Just saw Jormungand Ep1. As much as I hate having to type the title, YES JAPAN, MORE OF THIS. GIVE MORE STUFF LIKE THIS. THIS IS THE BEST THIS THERE IS.
 

Calliope

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I liked Jormungand enough to definitely give it a few more episodes, but I admit that, when the OP started with the questionable English, I was thinking "Damn, you REALLY want to be Black Lagoon, don't you?"

The difference is, amusingly enough, that the protagonists in Jormungand seem to be even more amoral.
 

SunnyD

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*sigh* not that I was expecting much from this one, but how long has it been since we had a decent fantasy anime? I can't even remember.

and what the hell is this show even about?
Moribito was the last outstanding fantasy anime I can recall.
 

Ikselam

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Natsuiro Kiseki had a very funny joke at the core of its second episode. Unfortunately, the writers probably pushed their luck by having it last for 20 full minutes (that chase scene was way too over-extended). I'm still intrigued by where this is going, which is a good thing.
I actually thought the chase was funny because it was so stretched out.

This show is charming enough to make me want to keep watching, though my track record is poor when it comes to seeing cute-girls-doing-cute-things series all the way through to the end.
 
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